- From automation to intellectualization, not “spending money” can be upgraded.
The development of each subdivision of furniture industry is extremely unbalanced, so it is necessary to have a clear definition of intelligent manufacturing. Generally speaking, panel customized furniture is easier to standardize, and it is more advanced in automatic production and intelligent manufacturing. Especially in the field of customized household, some enterprises have tried out water-free factories first, and some of them have reached the standard of intelligent manufacturing.
In the more personalized, more processes of solid wood, soft package, hardware and other furniture fields, their respective production processes and processes are quite different, each product involves more than a dozen links, mainly in the pipeline and part of the automated way of operation.
From automation to intellectualization, there is still a long way to go. Generally speaking, the automation equipment is the execution of the set actions, and does not have the functions of data collection, analysis and processing.
Intelligent manufacturing is characterized by the combination of industrial software and independent decision-making through data analysis. This requires the cooperation of upstream and downstream manufacturers in the whole industrial chain, which is a very complex system engineering.
On the other hand, intelligent manufacturing also includes the intellectualization of equipment and production line itself. It monitors the running status of machine through data acquisition of equipment itself, predicts possible problems and solves them early, or realizes remote self-repair of equipment.
In reality, the furniture industry is still facing many obstacles to achieve intelligent manufacturing.
Firstly, the design norms and standards of most products are not uniform, including that it is difficult to achieve 100% intelligent manufacturing; furthermore, the furniture industry is generally not dispersive and large-scale, and the enterprise has insufficient concepts, talents, funds and other aspects. Enterprises have too high expectations of return on investment, which requires a long process of adaptation.
Finally, the research and development of intelligent equipment needs to combine the characteristics and needs of different enterprises, understand the production process characteristics and technical direction of enterprises, need a long-term close communication and collaboration, and have higher requirements for enterprises. In short, intelligent manufacturing for furniture manufacturing industry, there is still a long way to go.
- Automation and intelligent equipment, enterprises should avoid detours
It is obvious that automation and intelligent manufacturing can improve production efficiency. However, due to inadequate preparation or incomplete understanding of intelligent manufacturing, enterprises have taken many detours in the process of implementing automation or upgrading of intelligent manufacturing, and there are some misunderstandings and wastes.
Furniture industry in the future needs more cost-effective “customized equipment” to promote the application of automated equipment in furniture manufacturing at a more reasonable price. For example, according to the needs of enterprises at different stages to provide equipment in a “modular” way, if the capacity is insufficient, it can also temporarily increase equipment modules to reduce one-time investment risk.
- Without lean production, there will be no intelligent manufacturing.
- Informatization construction, with more software and pits
Advanced machinery and equipment, efficient production lines are not enough. Furniture enterprises also need a profound “digital transformation” to complete the enterprise’s information transformation, in order to realize the leap of intelligent manufacturing.
From the perspective of products, the whole process of enterprise operation includes the main processes of product design and development, production and manufacturing, logistics, transportation, sales and installation, and the goal of information construction is to improve the efficiency of these links from all aspects.
- The premise of informationization is digitalization, and product design digitalization is the foundation.
In the research and development stage of product design, digital method can not only save a lot of time for repeated proofing and revision, but also import the digital model of product into the production end, greatly improving production efficiency.
For furniture enterprises such as software and solid wood, due to the non-standardized features of products and more fashionable and popular features, the digitalization of product design is more complex, the requirement for capital and technology investment is higher, and the transformation is more difficult.
- Digital transformation should avoid duplication of investment
Furniture manufacturing industry information construction is in full swing, enterprises with a certain scale will choose some mature software to make up for the shortcomings in different fields.
The technology here includes not only 5G or 6G applications, but also traditional technologies including new materials, new processes and new means.
Whether focusing on the upgrading of equipment instead of manual work, automation production lines, intelligent manufacturing, and the information construction of shaping enterprise nervous system, technology has shown its powerful explosive effect in the relatively easy standardization field of customized furniture.
For other areas, innovation will come a little slower, but it has begun to show signs. Some software giants have gained a lot in the transformation of informationization and digitalization, and will gradually open up their camp in the future competition.
For enterprises, ignoring the key role of technology and abandoning the exploration and application of new technology will undoubtedly lose the future of development.